Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Thich Nhat Hanh Is Ill

This is not exactly fresh news, but maybe some of us have not heard yet. Thich Nhat Hanh, a repeat nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, an author, poet, and Buddhist monk exiled from his native Viet Nam since 1973, has been hospitalized with a lung infection. He is expected to recover.

Nhat Hanh is known far beyond Zen Buddhist circles as a humanitarian and non-violent peace activist. He is one of the most humane people alive, a figure who can give the cynical person renewed hope for our muddled species.

His open letter to the public about his illness is hand-written and very tender. My thanks to Jane for bringing it to my attention. You can see the letter here.

2 comments:

Ji Hyang said...

beautiful

Kayla said...

Thank you for the news and the link to his letter. I attended the Stonehill retreat two years ago and found it to be life-changing (although the monks would laugh at that statement:)

Much peace to him during this time.